2016 Fiesta Bowl Odds and Analysis: Notre Dame vs. Ohio State

  • by Matt Stevens
  • December 28th, 2015
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BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl Odds - Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Ohio State Buckeyes BettingAll the best betting sites on the web are anticipating a heated encounter when Notre Dame and Ohio State revamp their 2006 Fiesta Bowl match up, ten years later. That faithful January day saw the Buckeyes leave the field with a 34-20 win against the Fighting Irish. This year, the defending National Champs will enter the field as the -7 favorites according to lines posted in all the best betting sites. Ohio State will enter this game wishing they were playing for a spot to defend their National Tittle. Notre Dame, on the other hand, will want to score a win in a Bowl game versus Ohio State, something they haven’t done since 1936.

The Buckeyes will want to dominate this game on both sides of the ball. On defense Joey Bosa will be the man to look for, to keep Notre Dame’s offense producing to the bare minimum. Bosa knows that NFL scouts will closely follow this game and this is going to be an ideal time to wow them. However, Joey Bosa will have the challenge to step up and cover the gap that suspended DL Adolphus Washington leaves on Ohio State’s defensive line. Here is where the Buckeyes might be vulnerable. The best betting sites, expect for Ohio State’s offense to shine and keep the score’s high for this game, the key will be on what the Buckeyes defense will be able to do. How close this game will be, will be decided entirely by their performance.

As for Notre Dame, you can be sure that they are studying all the possible ways they can exploit the apparent weakened Buckeyes defense. They should know that even though, Ohio State will not have Washington, the Buckeyes have a monster in their defense. What Notre Dame will try to do is rely on their rushing attack and make Ohio State try to stop them. They will seek to wear Ohio State’s defense down and find holes in their defensive line.

When it comes down to it, Joey Bosa is going to be the MVP of this game. All due respect to Notre Dame and their great season, but Ohio State will win this game and it will not be close. And mainly because Ohio State’s defense will prove to be a complete wall. People wagering on the best betting sites might be tempted to lay mone on the Fighting Irish with Washington’s absence, but they are underestimating the rest of this Buckeyes defensive unit. Final score is going to be 35-17.